If someone told you that you could make money while staying at home and run a load of laundry at the same time, would you believe them? Pretty outlandish, right? Not these days. With the onslaught of social media and online learning facilities, new job opportunities are continuously emanating from the LED lights before you. (Look! Here’s one now ↓)
One particular area of employment that has advanced tremendously to better reach their audience, or student body, is teaching. Forget the stiff four walls, uncomfortable chairs, and the too-close-for-comfort classmate with bad breath; professors of 2015 know that online teaching can be a beneficial way of teaching students who require a slightly more flexible schedule, can’t make the drive every day, or simply prefer learning in the comfort of their own home.
The growing number of students wanting to take online courses has resulted in an escalated demand for teachers. Other than the satisfaction of witnessing developmental growth in students- an expansion of the mind prodded by your passionate articulation and discussion of a topic you know so well- it is likely that monetary rewards will do to entice the seasoned professor to unleash his/her curriculum onto their scholastically-starved subjects.
So just how much can an online professor make? According to GetEducated.com, salary ranges from $1,500-$2,500 to $100,000+ depending on the level of commitment, campuses, and courses being taught online. Therefore, online teaching can be taken on as a side job or cultivated into a full-time career.
As convenient and flexible as it is to post a syllabus online to your students in Houston while you’re physically in India, online instructors face challenges when embarking on the web-based venture. One challenge (comprising many mini challenges) being the redesign of a course to fit online and the ability to translate that vision with the use of technology to your students.
Aside from educational institutions, online learning has also permeated throughout the web by sites like LRNGO, which allows students and teachers to connect based on whatever skill is desired to learn. For individuals that have a desire for learning and enrichment based on a specific skill, this site allows you to make a free profile to connect globally with teachers and work out a pay rate accordingly.
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